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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67198
Recording details: June 2004
Hedvig Eleonora Kyrhan, Stockholm, Sweden
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 11 minutes 25 seconds

'Hyperion captures the organ of Stockholm's Hedvig Eleonora Church superbly—an object lesson in harnessing clarity and spaciousness in that trickiest of acoustics, the church. Eben is now in his 76th year, and though it's possible his intégrale may yet be incremented, these five volumes of organ music document a highly original voice of our times. In short, they demand to be heard' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Schiager has certainly proved his credentials as an advocate of Eben's music … his impeccable articulation, deft handling of the splendid three manual, 58-stop Grölunds organ of Stockholm's Hedvig Eleonora Church and complete grasp of each score, establish this entire series as a matchless point of reference to Eben's organ music' (International Record Review)

'Halgeir Schaiger's performances on the fine organ of Hedvig Eleonora Kyrkan, Stockholm (Grölunds Orgelbyggeri, Gammelstad, 1975-76), are probing and, where need be, electrifying. He is at all moments at the service of a quite extraordinary composer. Percussionist Eirik Raude and trumpeter Jan Fredrik Christiansen are splendid, and Schiager is at the top of his estimable game. I await the next volume' (Fanfare, USA)

Triptychon
composer
2000

Agitato  [3'53]
Moderato  [3'35]
Allegretto  [3'57]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Triptychon was written in 2000 to a commission from the Hofkirche in Lucerne on the initiative of its organist, Wolfgang Sieber. It was first performed there in the church of St Leodegar on 9 November 2001 by Astrid Ender. Wolfgang Sieber had introduced Petr Eben to the organ tablature of Johann Benn, who was born c1590 in or near Messkirch, Baden, where he worked as organist and choirmaster until 1638 when he was appointed organist of St Leodegar, Lucerne. In 1657 he entered the monastery of Muri in the Aargau region north of Lucerne and died there c1660.

Petr Eben took as his source for Triptychon Benn’s Three Ricercari which he found to be of particular thematic interest, setting this material in the context of his own contemporary musical style, at the same time being amused by the fact that ‘Eben’ was almost an anagram of ‘Benn’. Eben also commented that the themes that he chose appear in set intervals, yet not as overt statements but merged in a many-layered stream of his own harmonic language.

from notes by Graham Melville-Mason © 2006

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